Update 26 September from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Helen’s update is a good read. It includes an online version of the Guild newsletter with contributions from many towers. There are also details of the Guild Quiz. I have 50 paper copies of the quiz being delivered to me, so if anyone would like some to sell for £1 per copy please let me know.

Congratulations to the 100 Club winners – see if you are one of them!

A date for your diary. Peterborough Branch will host the Guild AGM on Saturday 11 June 2022.

Best wishes,


Helen’s text starts:

To Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers – please pass on to members. 

It was lovely to see so many people at the Summer Festival yesterday, and even the weather co-operated – the sun shone and people gathered to chat and ring. The informal contest saw 4 teams drawn at random from those present and resulted in a win for team 2, for which they were warmly applauded.  

Guild updates

100 Club

The Summer festival saw the first draw of the 100 club after it had been put into hibernation through covid. There were 172 members paid up, meaning prizes were £56.76, £20.64 and £13.76. These were won by Ruth Stokes (94), Tim Samson (104) and Jane Webb (144) respectively. The amount members were in credit in March last year has carried forward. Contact Cathy Dixon if you need to know when your membership is due for renewal and details of how to pay or to join. 100_club@pdg.org.uk


The Guild’s newsletter is now available. Paper copies will be circulated to towers. It is also available online, here:  https://pdg.org.uk/newsletters/newsletter_202109.pdf. Have a read and see what is going on across the Guild. The intention is to publish the newsletter more frequently, making it more timely in sharing information. The next print deadline will be the end of January, to capture all the fun goings on between now and into Christmas/New Year.  You can contact Jonathan Stuart with any comments or to ask for additional copies. newsletter@pdg.org.uk

Guild Quiz

The 2021 Guild Quiz is now available. A new quiz master sees a new format, no theme just 10 questions in 6 very different subjects and styles. No ringing knowledge required, so suitable to sell to friends, family, neighbours, acquaintances and total strangers. Bundles have been prepared for branches to sell, it is also available as a pdf from the Guild Secretary, mail me if you want a copy on secretary@pdg.org.uk. Answers need to be in by the end of January to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Photo contest

For the 100th anniversary, in 2024, the Guild will be producing a calendar for the year, decorated with images of churches within the Peterborough Diocese. The calendar will be produced with images in landscape format A4 size. Many towers may look better in portrait than landscape, so submissions can be a single landscape image or a selection of images of a single church to produce a collage. Images may be an external view of the church or tower, of the bells or installation, or architectural features of the church – be as inventive and artistic as you like. Images of a vibrant town centre church would be as interesting as an idyllic country church in a peaceful landscape. Images showing different seasons are particularly welcomed. 
Pictures must be of churches within the boundaries of the Peterborough diocese with three or more bells hung for ringing. The bells do not need to be ringable. For ideas about towers, see the Towers section of the Guild website. The competition is open to anyone and closes on the 1st September 2022, with winners to be announced at the Summer Festival that month. The three best images, as judged by the 100th Anniversary Committee, will be the recipient of a 100th Anniversary Calendar each for the photographer and for the tower pictured. Terms and conditions are in the newsletter and on the website, see here: https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/photo-contest. Entries to be e-mailed to photos100@pdg.org.uk. Good luck! 

CCCBR updates:
The president’s blog reaches edition 43. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/09/21/presidents-blog-43/

Lots to keep you busy there, and I hope to hear from you on one subject or another. I’m about to get busy with events in 2022, after a very slow start 2021 is now flying by. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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